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March 9th Show

by Gwen Outen
Mar 9, 2009

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In our first hour today, we'll talk with Tom Ricks, special military correspondent for The Washington Post, and go inside Baghdad with NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and an Iraqi NPR producer and translator. They will each explain the extensive research and reporting that goes into providing an accurate big-picture of the war in Iraq, and we'll ask them what they think Americans need to know about what's going on there. We're still working on our opinion page segment for the end of the hour. We're hoping to talk about Watchmen. It hit number one at the box office over the weekend. Were you one of the millions who saw it? We may want to talk to you at the end of our first hour. Stay tuned.

Last Thursday, the state of Washington legalized assisted suicide, with several guidelines. However, last month, members of a group called "Final Exit" were arrested in Georgia and Maryland for providing assistance to as many as three-hundred people who wanted to take their own lives. In our second hour, we'll hear more about the "Final Exit" group, and talk with Arthur Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania about where the line should be drawn when it comes to assisted suicides. And we want to hear from you. Have you had direct experience with assisted suicide, as a spouse or a child, as a doctor or a caretaker? Who, do you think, should be able to seek out assisted suicide? At the end of the hour, we'll talk with writer Kathleen Rooney. For six years, she has been practicing the art of nude modeling. Rooney will talk about her new book, "Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object", the philosophical and personal concerns of posing for artwork, and the distinction between nudity and nakedness.

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